Mutitjulu waterhole | Grenville Turner
Audio tour 10 - Tjukurpa - Kuniya and Liru
- Location: Kuniya carpark | Duration: 1m35s
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If you want to know more about the cultural heritage and traditions of this place, why not take the Kuniya Walk? It starts from the Kuniya car park, marked on your map.
Along this walk you’ll see what the traditional owners know as tjukuritja - physical evidence of the creation ancestors in the rock. Here you can read about Kuniya, the woma python woman, and Liru, the poisonous snake man, and see for yourself how they helped form Uluru.
This is part of Tjukurpa. Tjukurpa, the law, is the foundation of Anangu society. Tjukurpa also refers to the creation period when ancestors like Kuniya, and Liru, made the world. Anangu are the direct descendants of these creation beings, so they are responsible for the protection and management of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Tjukurpa has many deep, complex meanings. It is a religion, a philosophy and a way of guiding human behaviour so everyone lives in peace with one another and the landscape. Anangu and every aspect of the landscape are always linked as one.
This relationship was formally recognised by the world when the United Nations gave Uluru World Heritage status as a living cultural landscape.